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DRESS DOWN FRIDAY

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

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I think Debbie and LGF have got the Laura Bush trip backwards in the last 24 hours. In a rush to be all over the story and condemn her they have gone into overdrive.

Selecting one of a number of photos from the Whitehouse site – where Mrs Bush is seen with a group of women in a scarf –  Debbie and LGF have misled people by concluding Mrs Bush has sold out and donned an abaya, a large black overcoat that comes with and without a built in hood and face mask – one of the most Islamic pieces of garb you can throw on. That’s rather unfair.  She was wearing a dark trouser suit – and draped on a head scarf, rather loosely, I believe – out of respect for the women she was with. My guess is it was a present since it is trimmed in pink and bows.  So what? Wearing an abaya (and i may yet be proven to be wrong!) would be indicative of so called ‘dhimmitude’. Wearing a head scarf for a pic and i think reluctantly at that (the one other shot of her shows her pulling at it – if she was sitting around happily in that all day there would have been plenty for the Whitehouse to choose from) is not! Her polite efforts and respect were for the women she was supporting.

That previous startling image of her with a group dressed in crummy black sacks in the (more westernised!?) UAE, stood out for all the right reasons: her encouragement of a good deed, yes, but also the striking differences of appearance. Suffice it to say that the images speak to the debate on clerical fascism. 

Maybe Laura Bush has encouraged some women in the ME through both her status, support, dress and her manner.  She was never going to get out of the trip without a bit of ‘butt kissing’ the Saudi princes (as Debbie calls it) referring to this pic above. Yeah its all wrong. But hang on – this image shows Laura Bush sitting pretty in that lovely trouser suit, no veil, sparkly earrings, donning a gracious smile opposite the Prince of Saudi in his bloody palace – without a veil on – no abaya – strong and independent – there on her own – contributing something positive. Thats the image and message to shout about! (So I am).

(ok, as I finished defending Laura I note someone on Debbies site has posted the following re that headscarf from a news article: "At the end of the meeting, Amoudi presented Bush with a gift from the group — a black head scarf adorned with two pink ribbons stitched on the sides. Bush draped it over her hair briefly as the women beamed and moved in closer for photos.")

Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Interesting post from Azamehrs blog (For a secular democratic Iran).

Putin in Persian means the boot, and ‘150 Years under Putin’ is the title of an article by Iranian satirist, Ebrahim Nabavi, meaning 150 years under the boot – with obvious reference to Putin’s visit to Tehran.  In it, Nabavi re-examines how his generation were always encouraged to shout ‘Death to America, Death to England and Death to Israel’. The gist (not a word by word translation) of Nabavi’s article is this:

- Iran lost a great part of its territory to the Russians after years of war between the incompetent Qajar kings and the powerful Tsarist Russian armies.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

- During Iran’s constitutional revolution that demanded to put a limit on the king’s powers and establish an elected parliament, the constitutionalists seeked refuge in the British embassy. The Russians on the other hand, allied with the new despot Qajar king, bombed the newly built parliament building while the deputies were inside. Further support for the despot king meant Russian troops pouring into Iran and killing thousands of Iranian freedom fighters.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

- Reza Shah, the ‘bloodthirsty dictator’ – as Iranian Communists refer to him – founder of the new Pahlavi dynasty, arrested 53 Communists in total during his 16 year reign. One of them, Dr. Taghi Arani, was killed in prison but the other 52 went to Russia and there they were either killed or exiled or lived in misery and poverty for the rest of their lives and yearned to return to Iran.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

- During the Second World War, Iran was occupied by allies and was used as a bridge to send aid to Stalin. When the war ended, Americans and the British left as was agreed, but the Russians stayed and wanted to secede Azerbijan from the rest of Iran this time.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

- Mossadiq was appointed by the 2nd Pahlavi king, as the Prime Minister, and he led the drive for nationalisation of Iranian oil. Because Mossadiq was anti-Soviet, the Russians labeled him as an English lackey, and when it was too obvious that Mossadiq was not an English lackey they labelled him as an American lackey. The Soviet backed puppet Tudeh Party, demanded all Iran’s oil should be nationalised except that in the North which was run by the Russians! After Mossadiq was toppled, the Soviet Union was the first to recognise the new government. Many Tudeh Party members fled to Russia. Again they encountered desperate conditions, some were imprisoned and some had to toe the Soviet Party line to the letter in order to have a basic living standard.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

- The White Revolution or the Shah’s program of reforms took place. Women were given the right to vote and feudal landlords had to pass the ownership of their land to the peasants and divide it amongst those who worked on the land. Workers were given a share of the profits on top of their wages. Army recruits were given the choice to serve as literacy corps, Health and Hygiene corps or Agricultural corps. The reforms were backed and encouraged by the Americans.
Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel

- Shiite clerics came to power in 1979, US embassy was occupied, Israeli embassy ceased to exist but the Russian embassy got bigger and bigger. The Soviet backed puppet Tudeh Party were told to back Khomeini and the clerics. The new theocracy started a mass arrest of Iranian Marxists including the Tudeh party leaders and members and most of them were executed. Russia maintained good relations with the Ayatollahs and never complained about the massacre of Iranian Communists. Some Marxists fled to Russia where they suffered great hardship. Those who were lucky, managed to escape again and flee to Western Europe and America, where they now enjoy comfortable lives.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

- Saddam started a war against Iran. Saddam was pro-Soviet. His weapons were all Russian made. Iranians resisted the Iraqi aggression with the remnants of the US weapons they had from before the 1979 takeover of the country by the clerics. While we shouted long live Palestine and death to American Saddam, Russia, the PLO, Cuba and the Socialist camp backed Saddam. Islamic Republic resorted to buy arms from Israel. Finally the US toppled Saddam.
**Conclusion: Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel**

Azamehr organised this protest outside the Russian embassy last year on the anniversary of the liberation of Azerbijan from the Soviet yoke.

UN’S “VERY SURVIVAL” IS AT RISK

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

ATW’s scientists  have found that the speed at which the UN has used its financial resources over the past 20 years has put “the UN’s very survival” at risk. The political audit, for ATW, found that each person in the UN now requires a third more hot air to supply his or her needs than nature can supply. Can you help save the UN? If so, just hit the hat-tip button on ATW and you can be sure I will help the UN to find the route back to Planet Earth as best I can.

THE GREAT HAM SCANDAL!

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Wonder what you make of the news that Muslim inmates who were allegedly offered ham sandwiches during the holy season of Ramadan are suing for compensation. The incident is purported to have taken place at maximum security Leeds prison, where more than 200 Muslims are being held.  The mix-up was said to have happened after prisoners were given their special nightly menus and they saw that one of the options was a ‘boiled ham sandwich’. Any variant of pork is strictly forbidden according to Muslim teachings. It was reported that lawyers estimated each inmate could receive as much £10,000 compensation if the claim is proved. Tax payers will end up footing the bill.

Unbelievable. The compensation culture turns to the advantage of the ROP. In my view there should be NO special menus for any group in prison – unless there is a proven medical reason. So I’m afraid ham sandwiches and Bacon toasties during Ramadan would be the order of the day, every day. Why is the British tax-payer having to fork out possinly millions just because some criminal Muslims don’t fancy pork?

I MARRIED A NEANDERTHAL…

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

So, who would have guessed it? Yes, I am married to a neanderthal. Now, before my wife reaches for the bread-knife, I have to qualify this. According to this article over on National Geographic, some Neandertals may have had red hair and pale skin, just as some modern humans do, according to a new genetic study.  The traits were likely more common in European Neanderthals just as they are often seen in modern humans of European descent.

Well now, as I have said previously, I have a penchant for female red-heads! My wife is a red-head, my favourite singer was a red-head (Kirsty MacColl) and I also like Belinda Carisle (Red-head). Must be the inner cave-man in me?

ON THE “BUDGET”

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 9:09 am

I had a brief opportunity to discuss the so-called Northern Ireland "budget" on the Nolan Show this morning.

bactrian-camel.jpgMy summary of it is as follows; Did you ever hear the expression that a camel is a horse designed by a commitee?

The Programme for Government (This Executive supports "Mom and Apple Pie") and the allocation of already existing funds (aka "The Budget") are indeed strange looking beasts. We are told that the State sector will grow further and be given even more funds, even as we are told that the State sector will become more efficient! Really? How? Redundancies? Not necessarily, but there is a plan to drive cost savings on Government web sites, sometime soon. Pathetic guff that only the media swallow; We are told that helping private business grow is the main objective of the economic plan, even as corporation tax for SME’s grows! We are told that this is a "made in Northern Ireland" budget even as the targets put in place for our schools and hospitals have "New Labour" written all over them. This is a useless budget, it is our toytown politicians playing at being grown-ups, using OUR money. I damn it if no-one else will. Frankly, it gives me the hump!

QUESTION TIME WATCH

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 8:28 am

question203.jpgDid anyone else out there see the BBC "Question Time" programme last night? It was truly awful – a new low! The panel consisted of the late Saddam’s best friend, the jihad-supporting George Galloway; we also had the execrable Conservative Francis Maude, Tony Blair’s former flat-mate Lord Charlie Falconer, Fraser Nelson from the allegedly conservative minded Spectator magazine, and leftist historian Maria Misra.

Galloway bullied his way through the programme, cheered on by the moonbats in the audience. He made so MANY offensive remarks, so many lies, that there’s not enough time to detail them except to say that not one of the panel stood up to this bully. Georgie-boy seems to think that bellicosity and verbal dexterity will always win the day. Well, in BBC land he may have a point but I would love to argue with him and I would not let his feverish imaginations go unanswered. Ms Misra proved a good friend of the mullahs in Iran, and the audience cheered when she and Galloway portrayed America, not Ahmadinejad, as the problem.

Some Question Time’s are almost bearable but not this one. I was enraged right through it feeling that BBC bias was once more on full display. Fraser Nelson was a poor champion of the right, and Francis Maude is as soft as they come amongst Conservative ranks. 

IF YOU ASK ME

By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 8:23 am

Must We Always Identify Ourselves?

By ATWadmin On October 25th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

TO THE POST OFFICE this morning get some ready cash ahead a little trip this weekend: £150-worth of Euros and the same for Polish Sputniks. I was handing over cash in exchange for the funny money, so the girl behind the counter wanted to see some form of ID. I’ll save you the 5 minutes of fun we had discussing why I must do so, suffice to say it ended with:

Me: So you absolutely cannot and will not exchange the money without any ID from me?

Her: That’s right

Me: … erm … alright, here you go.

Since then I have been pondering the simple question: since when does my desire to have a couple of hundred quid in foreign currency become state business?

fall back: a worthy rant

By ATWadmin On October 25th, 2007 at 9:17 pm

(Gratuitous pic of St Pauls on a winters eve as viewed from the toilet window)

I love Pub Philosophers yearly rants on this topic. Its so true. This weekend the clocks go back. I hate the nights drawing in so early.  Click on over – an argument with supporting graphs and everything!…:-

It’s late October again so it’s time for my annual rant about putting the clocks back. This weekend we will go through through the tedious ritual of plunging ourselves into five months of early darkness. Last week, yet another study was published showing that the switch to GMT means that more people will be killed and more electricity used.

These conclusions should not be a surprise. As I said two years ago, twelve o’clock is no longer the middle of most people’s working day and it is nowhere near the middle of their waking hours. To have the middle of our daylight at twelve o’clock means that we waste daylight in the morning that would be more useful to more people in the evening. There are fewer people up and about in the light early morning hours than in the dark drive-time after five o’clock. As you would expect, and as Dr Garnsey has demonstrated, because more people are up and about in the dark evenings, they use more electricity and have more accidents.

It made sense for the middle of the day to be at twelve o’clock in 1880, when GMT became the legal standard for the UK. 120 years ago, a far greater proportion of the population still worked on the land and their working days were governed by the sun….So, as you fight your way home during the gloomy evenings to come, don’t curse the darkness, curse the idiots in our legislature who have condemned us, once again, to five months of unnecessary misery